WARREN REPORT PUBLISHED 49 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The Warren Report, the conclusions of The President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was published 49 years ago today, September 27, 1964.
The commission, chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren of California, included Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA), John Sherman Cooper (R-Kentucky), Hale Boggs (D-Louisiana), Gerald R. Ford (R-Michigan), Allen Dulles (former CIA director), & John J. McCloy (former president of the World Bank).
The FBI submitted its own report on the assassination less than 3 weeks after the tragedy (Dec 9, 1963) and the FBI report was used as the Commission's primary source.
Like the Commission, the FBI concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin and that there was no evidence of conspiracy, but unlike the Warren Report, the FBI found that of the 3 shots fired at the motorcade, one hit Governor John B. Connally* and the other two hit President Kennedy.
*John Connally, who survived, testified before the Warren Commission that he heard the 1st shot & was in the process of turning to see JFK when he was hit by the 2nd shot.
According to The Warren Report, however, one of three shots missed completely, one hit JFK in the head from the rear, and the other hit both JFK and the Governor.
The Zapruder Film, the home movie of the assassination sequence taken by Abraham Zapruder, led the Commission to devise the "single bullet theory" because the film provided evidence that JFK & Connally were hit in less time than it would take a lone gunman to reload the rifle identified with the shooting.**
**The Manlicher-Carcano bolt action rifle alleged to be the murder weapon required a minimum of 2.3 seconds to recycle. The Zapruder film showed that the shots hitting JFK and Connally were 1.6 seconds apart.
The Warren Commission concluded that one shot missed, one shot hit JFK at the base of the back of the neck and then passed through his throat and hit Gov. Connally, while a 3rd shot, fired from behind, hit JFK in the head.
Even the FBI questioned the Warren Report. Less than a week after the report was published, the FBI informed the White House that...
"The Commission's report is seriously inaccurate (in) its treatment of the FBI..."
Earl Warren Gives Report to LBJ
September 24, 1964
Photo by Cecil Stoughton
LBJ Library Image
Following is one the first postings on The Warren Report by JFK ASSASSINATION:
The Warren Commission claimed JFK was first struck by a bullet that...
"entered at the back of his neck and exited through the lower front portion of his neck, causing a wound which would not necessarily have been lethal."
The Report published this diagram to illustrate their "findings".
Warren Commission Exhibit
Thus, both the Commission's description & sketch (above) are false.
The diagram shows the wound "at the back of the neck" not where it really was (in the upper back).
JFK's coat & shirt have holes at this position.
The fibers of both show the bullet entered the outside of the fabric thus proving this shot was fired from the rear.
Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who ran to JFK's car on Elm Street and later testified before the Warren Commission, was asked...
"Did you see any other wound other than the head wound?"
Agent Hill responded...
"Yes, sir; I saw an opening in the back, about 6 inches below the neckline to the right-hand side of the spinal column."
The autopsy conducted by surgeons at the United States Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, showed JFK was shot in the back at the level of the "third thoracic vertebrae".
The autopsy report diagram (below), also published in the Warren Report, shows the location of this wound as being in the upper back, not the neck.